Every time Lady Gaga releases a new video project or a new song, a core group of people claim that Gaga is copying a Madonna song, look, or concept from the 1980s or early 1990s. Madge’s recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar seems to have flip-flopped that thinking. Within the multi-page discourse, the pop star took a page from Gaga’s book and opened up about being bullied in high school.
Madonna quote from Harper’s Bazaar:
I saw how popular girls had to behave to get the boys. I knew I couldn’t fit into that. So I decided to do the opposite. I refused to wear makeup, to have a hairstyle. I refused to shave. I had hairy armpits….The boys in my school would make fun of me. Hairy monster.
In plain English, that translates to: I wanted attention. I altered my appearance to make sure I got it. It wasn’t positive. Now, nearly 40 years after high school, I can complain about it to a major fashion magazine because “bullying” is the buzz word du jour. All the cool kids have been the victims of bullies. Lady Gaga talked about being bullied on MTV. I want to be a victim to.
Never mind the fact that the distance between Madonna and high school is nearly four decades versus the five to ten-year gap between high school and stars like Lady Gaga and Demi Lovato – both young women who have discussed their own experiences with bullies. Basically, Madonna’s entire “woe was my life” schtick comes off as an effort to make herself look more human after loathing hydrangeas and engaging in a diva-esque persona that verges on the edge of, dare we say it, bullying?
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